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What are your thoughts on the new format for the tour championship? Did it make things more exciting for the fans?

What are your thoughts on the new format for the tour championship? Did it make things more exciting for the fans?
There was a new format for the Tour Championship this year, quite different from past championships. Here is what some of our golf professionals thought about it.

What would be more exciting is if they had 2 events at once. Who is actually truly winning the event and who is winning the Cup.

The Tour Championship was better this year with the new format. They may want to tweak a few of the shots given but you should have an advantage for your year long success going into the event. What would be more exciting is if they had 2 events at once. Who is actually truly winning the event and who is winning the Cup.

Gideon Smith

Head Golf Professional

Quincy Country Club,

I don’t think they are done tweaking this thing yet.

I don’t think they are done tweaking this thing yet. I didn’t like the fact that there weren’t many players with a chance after 3 rounds. I really think the players total scores for all three events should be used, possibly with the first 2 events being weighted a little less—say 50%. Rory was -2 at Northern Trust, -1 at BMW. Going to East Lake he be -1.5

Dean Alexander

PGA Master Professional

Georgia Golf Center, Roswell, GA

I would say it wasn’t as exciting according to my members comments.

I would say it wasn’t as exciting according to my members comments. Going into the last event there were only maybe 5 or 6 players with a chance to win the Tour Championship.The other 25 were just playing for a big check, no chance to win.

PGA Golf Professional

Brian Boyle

PGA Golf Professional

Paupack Hills Golf & Country Club, Greentown, PA

I especially liked what they did with the FedEx Cup scoring.

I really enjoyed the many changes . The season is completed before football season starts. Moving the PGA to earlier in the year with one Major every month, keeps the big names in more events. Ticket sales and viewing audiences broke records while the players purses have grown. I especially liked what they did with the FedEx Cup scoring. Nothing but positives for all.

John Barge

Gateway PGA, Life Member

Hidden Trails Country Club, Dexter, MO

It was like watching a horse race with staggered starting positions!

I thought the new format was a fun and exciting way to create more interest and something new to talk about. It was like watching a horse race with staggered starting positions! It was fun leading into the event to talk about who could make the biggest move and who might feel the most pressure with $15 Million on the line. All in all I think the PGA Tour did a nice job with the format change.

Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf

Brian O'Neill

PGA Golf Professional

Director of Instruction

Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf, Orlando, FL

I thought the format made for great television.

I thought the format made for great television. In the end Rory would’ve won even if they all started at even. That shows that the most deserving player for the entire season won. Rory and Brooks both won three times this year, and it was fitting to see if come down to them, and Xander, in the final round. In my opinion, it is a great change to the format.

Eric Miller

PGA Certified Professional | Master Fitter/Builder

Club Champion, Pittsburgh, PA

I think the tour is well on its way to forming a more exciting Tour Championship

I think the tour is well on its way to forming a more exciting Tour Championship. There is bound to be some fine tuning but it was certainly more exciting than in years past as the players having the best season were all in it at the end.

Ocean Reef Club

Derek Swoboda

PGA Golf Professional

Director of Instruction

Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, FL

Big carrot at the end of the year. Made it interesting.

Could make the tour more competitive through the whole year? Big difference between $15 million and $400,000. Big carrot at the end of the year. Made it interesting.

Westerville Golf Center

Dave Proffitt

PGA Teaching and Playing Professional

Westerville Golf Center, Dublin, OH

Easy to watch and kept it exciting not having to worry about points and such.

Loved it.  Easy to watch and kept it exciting not having to worry about points and such.

Timarron Country Club

Dave Baron

PGA Master Professional

Director of Instruction

Timarron Country Club, Southlake, TX

I would say that all golf tournaments should start with everyone even

I would say that all golf tournaments should start with everyone even and should it really count as a win for records should the person starting with 10 shots win? That being said Rory did shoot the lowest score for the week not counting the starting strokes so that makes it save some face in my book. True golf fans will watch no matter the format, I did think the Korn Ferry Tour final was more interesting though. Too bad Tiger didn’t make it back this year. Congrats to all their bankers!!

Barry Clayton

PGA Golf Professional

Director of Instruction

Westin Mission Hills Resort, Rancho Mirage, CA

Without doing the "math" I think it was a very exciting event...

Without doing the “math” I think it was a very exciting event…

Frank Panetta

PGA Golf Professional

Teaching Professional

CordeValle Golf Club, San Martin, CA

I wasn’t much of a fan of the new format

I wasn’t much of a fan of the new format as I think in every tournament each player should start with the same score regardless of fed ex cup points. I don’t think it made it more fun for the fans either.

Brian Powers

PGA Golf Professional

Master Golf Teaching Professional®

River Ridge Golf Club, Oxnard, CA